Monday, April 04, 2011
Is Terry Jones to blame for the UN murders in response to his Koran burning?
You can't blame offensive speech for murders....
From Boston.com -- Kandahar, Afghanistan — Afghan protests over the burning of a Koran in Florida continued yesterday for a third day, with three more people killed here.
Tweet Be the first to Tweet this!Submit to DiggdiggsdiggYahoo! Buzz ShareThis That brought to 24 the number of people killed in Afghanistan since Friday, when a mob overran United Nations offices in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, killing seven UN international staff members.
Terry Jones is a publicity-hunting nutcase, but he's not responsible for these murders. You can't hold responsible a speaker of offensive speech for murders by illiterate savages half way around the world.
The first amendment is there specifically to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech doesn't need protection. If we limit or otherwise censor unpopular speech, then we don't have free speech by any body's definition. Speakers don't commit murder, murderers commit murder.